As a group, those who work in agriculture are some of the most generous people on the planet. We’re simply hardwired to help neighbors and strangers alike.
It’s that spirit we salute here in this special feature, noting several extraordinary people and their stories of sacrifice and perseverance. Very special people who used words and phrases such as “rewarding” and “got way more out than I put in” to describe their own experiences. As you’ll see, their humility is as awesome as their generosity.
To be sure, the acts of kindness detailed in the stories linked below serve as inspiration for all of us to help make the world a better, more livable place. At AGCO, we hear that call too, working with groups here in North America, like FFA, and people abroad—those in Africa with whom we’re working to build a more sustainable agricultural infrastructure.
From those who travel to distant lands to assist people less fortunate, to those who work in their own community, each person profiled here said they helped themselves while helping others. Here then are their stories:
Rick Gray: This Massey Ferguson dealership executive is planting seeds.
Dee Doolittle: Caring for “retired” horses at Mitchell Farm.
Bill Troxel and Kristie Lee: Bill Troxel has turned giving into an art form.
John and Jean Partington: The Partingtons give of their time and effort at home and abroad.
John Varty and Molly Daley: Educating the populace about the realities of farming.
Gay Wagner: For Wagner, it’s all about the kids in his hometown.
David Diehl: A Montana farmer overcame huge obstacles and now helps others do the same.
From AGCO, A Helping Hand: AGCO Corporation and its employees give time and money for causes around the world.
We wish we could’ve featured more such generous people in this story. We know you’re out there. So, to all of you who offer a helping hand in acts simple and grand, we say thanks for every burden you’ve lifted and smile you’ve brought to another’s face.
The Massey Ferguson MF DELTA combine harvester has won the prestigious Machine of the Year Award at the Agritechnica Show in Hannover.
“Massey Ferguson is now reaping the reward of our investment in developing new and innovative harvesting machinery,” said Richard Markwell, Vice-President and Managing Director, Massey Ferguson, Europe, Africa and Middle East.
“We are very proud to receive the Machine of the Year Award I and must thank all our colleagues in the harvesting division for their innovative ideas, hard work and commitment that has resulted in this great achievement.
“Our clear goal is to deliver combine harvesters of the highest quality and upmost reliability. Our major investment in manufacturing and engineering development at Breganze is now delivering the results that have been recognised by this award,” he said.
The wide range of novel, innovative features on the MF DELTA combine help improve harvesting performance and increase efficiency while reducing power and fuel consumption.
At the Agritechnica show in Hannover on 10th to 16th November Massey Ferguson will be celebrating award-winning success as well as introducing a huge array of innovative equipment. While the new MF 8700 Series, which is being launched at the show, is set to be the star of the stand, it will be on show alongside a wide range of new combines, balers and telescopic handlers.
“Agritechnica is set to be another highlight in an already enormously exciting and successful year for Massey Ferguson,” says Campbell Scott, Brand Development Manager. “We continue to invest in developing new and innovative products to help farmers to improve efficiency in all operations and are proud this is being recognised with awards.”
On show at Agritechnica for the first time are three, new four cylinder tractors in the MF 5600 Series. These go on display alongside a wide range of new harvesting equipment introducing significant changes to the MF DELTA, MF CENTORA and BETA combines, as well as the new MF 2200 Series large square balers, the new MF 1840 in-line, small square baler and new MF 9000 Xtra Series telescopic handlers.
Agritechnica will also see the introduction of the MF 470 tractor. This Brazilian-built, 120hp model is aimed specifically at Eastern European countries, which do not require engines to comply with the strict emission regulations and is likely to attract much interest.
Award winning success
Massey Ferguson is proud that, yet again, its investment is tractor innovation has been recognised by the Jury for the respected Tractor of the Year Awards, which has nominated the MF 6616 as a finalist for this year’s awards.
“We are, of course, extremely gratified and honoured the MF 6616 is a finalist in the awards,” says Mr Scott. “We are pleased the jury appreciate how this advanced design offers users the power, torque and operating benefits associated with a six cylinder tractor, but in a compact and extremely agile machine with a great power to weight ratio. Indeed, with the MF 6600 Series Massey Ferguson has created a new class of 150hp+ four cylinder tractors. Developing 185hp, with Engine Power Management on the Dyna-6 model, makes the MF 6618 the most powerful four cylinder tractor available.”
Massey Ferguson is also very proud to be receiving a prestigious Milestone 2013 Award at Agritechnica for its pioneering innovation in farm mechanisation in developing the MH-20 – the world’s first self-propelled combine harvester.
The timing of this award could not be more appropriate, with 2013 seeing Massey Ferguson celebrating the 75th anniversary of the introduction of the MH-20 combine harvester.
To mark this special occasion Richard Markwell, Vice-President and Managing Director, Massey Ferguson, Europe, Africa and Middle East will unveil a stunning new bronze sculpture at the awards presentation ceremony, in Hall 7 at 11.00hr on Sunday 10th November. This unique artwork, especially commissioned by Massey Ferguson, has been crafted by the internationally recognised artist, John Sherlock.
“The MH-20 SP combine was a masterpiece of engineering and we are thrilled to be able to celebrate it with this new sculptural masterpiece,” says Mr Scott. “We were determined to produce a symbol that would have lasting significance beyond the 75th anniversary date and which could be enjoyed for years to come.”
Massey Ferguson invests in farming’s future
At the Agritechnica Show Massey Ferguson will also sign a new partnership with CEJA – The European Council of Young Farmers – and will be hosting its members from across Europe at a series of events at the show.
“The goals of CEJA – to promote the interests of, and be a serious voice for, young farmers in the EU are identical to that of Massey Ferguson and are aligned with our “For a New Generation – From Massey Ferguson” approach and is a further commitment to the industry that we all work within,” explains Mr Scott.
This involvement not only translates into action the message from its unique ‘New Generation’ study, but also builds on Massey Ferguson’s Vision of the Future Event, held this summer near Beauvais in France.
“This research indicates a dramatic step change is taking place in global farming. It shows how a New Generation of farmers is transforming the way the world is farmed and they are demanding the most appropriate tractors, harvesters and equipment.
“The New Generation of younger farmers across Europe are forging ahead, farming larger areas than their forebears as well as producing more from less. But the report also shows it is important that the industry has the correct balance of experience and young, dynamic thinking as we move forward,” he adds.
“By working with CEJA Massey Ferguson will be at the heart of these exciting developments – using our experience and expertise to provide equipment to meet future needs, while garnering the enthusiasm and ideas from young farmers who are the future of European Agriculture.”
For 65 years, this rural burg on the eastern edge of the Great Prairie has been home to a brand that shares its name and is fertile ground for the development of game-changing agricultural machines.
During the Dust Bowl years, a “hill” on an otherwise flat stretch of the Great Prairie was often a piece of farm machinery buried by the era’s black blizzards of blowing topsoil, then deserted due to a hole in the social fabric called the Great Depression. Folks did what they could to survive, and a young Kansan named Lyle Yost helped make ends meet by scouring the countryside around his family’s farm for these mounds of dirt and steel.
“He was as young as 14,” says his daughter Susan, “and as soon as Dad learned how to drive, he would take the truck out into the countryside and look for [abandoned] farm equipment.” Yost, who passed away last year, would excavate what he found and bring it home, where he and his father would use it for spare parts or repair it for sale. “Not only did Dad learn how to build and rebuild [farm equipment], but he got acquainted with farmers,” Susan says. “He learned from them and found out what they needed. The idea of Hesston Corp. was planted when he was a teenager. I don’t think he knew the direction, but he knew that he had a calling, which was to help farmers.”
That direction became clear years later when he took on a problem that afflicted practically every farmer and harvester who owned a combine back in the day. Unloading just took too much time. Yost’s contemporaries used shovels and gravity to get the grain out of the bin, losing valuable time to get the grain up and out of harm’s way.
Yost, however, had an idea for a better way to move that grain, and after a particularly difficult harvest in 1947 and with memories of Dust Bowl storms still fresh, he and blacksmith Adin Holdeman went to work developing his unloading auger design. They made five of them in about a month, Susan recalls, and sent Yost’s cousin Earl Burner out to sell them. “He got back in 3 hours and said he needed 10 more.”
When they returned to the harvest the next summer using their new machine, others witnessed the speed at which the augers unloaded grain, and orders began arriving from as far as Texas and North Dakota. Buoyed by that success, the three men set up an assembly line near their homes in Hesston, and Hesston Manufacturing was born.
More than a half-century later, Yost’s focus on farmer-oriented solutions lives on today. Still located in the small, rural town where it all started, the Hesston facility has gone on to develop some of the most productive machines in agriculture, with the harvesting equipment made there now being sold worldwide.
Read the full story at http://www.myfarmlife.com/advantage/uncovering-the-hesston-story/.
The Planter’s Positive Air Metering system (PAM™) handles seed gently and accurately with low, positive air pressure, resulting in controlled populations and higher yields for farmers.
Unlike vacuum seeding systems, which typically draw air from around metering units, The PAM™ system draws air from above of the planter’s row units. This reduces the amount of dust drawn into the metering system and the amount of wear and tear on parts – making the MF Precision Planter virtually maintenance free.
Demonstrations of the MF Precision Planter have been taking place at Griffith, a productive row cropping region in southern NSW and are set to move to northern NSW and southern QLD in the coming weeks.
Local farmers and agronomists are able to see first hand the exceptional performance of the planter in a variety of crops including cotton and corn and hear from the MF Seeding and Tillage Product Manager about the machine’s application in sorghum, sunflower, soybean and canola planting.
Australian MF Dealers in row cropping regions will also be undertaking comprehensive planter training, equipping them with the information and skills to support customers with knowledge that will improve the productivity of their farms.
The MF Precision Planter demos have also featured the MF7600 Row Crop Series tractor – impressing farmers with low fuel use and flexibility in various applications, it has proved the ideal row crop machine.